CHELSEA reckon bringing in Maurizio Sarri as boss will keep their top stars at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian have kept a close eye on Blues’ managerial saga while playing in the World Cup.
Getty Images – Getty Maurizio Sarri could be the man to come in and keep Chelsea’s best players
That situation is set to come to a head in the next 24 hours with Antonio Conte facing the sack to be immediately replaced by former Napoli chief Sarri.
However, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis said yesterday: “The Sarri deal is in the home stretch, it depends on him.
“I’ve laid down my conditions, it is all in the hands of lawyers.”
De Laurentiis claims part of Chelsea’s £57million fee for Napoli midfielder Jorginho includes a hefty slice of cash for taking manager Sarri — even though he was replaced by fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti back in May.
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Sarri is still employed by Napoli, so they want money to agree to let him go.
Chelsea’s top brass are convinced the change in manager will bring peace to a dressing room where senior players are unhappy with Conte’s abrasive personality.
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Midfielder Hazard has two years left on his £200,000-a-week and keeper Courtois just 12 months to run.
Both Belgians have been sending out signals for months that they could be persuaded to leave Stamford Bridge.
Normally placid Brazil winger Willian took the unusual step of plastering over Conte’s image in an Instagram shot of the Chelsea squad celebrating their FA Cup final win in May.
His fellow countryman David Luiz also fell out with Conte last season.
Getty Images – Getty Willian suffered World Cup disappointment as Brazil exited in the semi-finals but is still thought to be a prime target for Barcelona